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At DVF, Mother Knows Best


It was ladies’ night at Diane von Furstenberg’s studio last night—though when is it not?—but these were ladies of a certain subspecialty: moms. Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and DVF—mom to TVF (Tatiana), a budding filmmaker, and AVF (Alex), an investment manager—was throwing a party to celebrate both the occasion and a certain mom-friendly film, Christy Turlington Burns’ directorial debut, No Woman, No Cry. The documentary focuses on maternal mortality and raises money for the White Ribbon Alliance, an organization that aims to promote global maternal health. So, too, does DVF’s new tee, which the designer sported last night, on which “Love is life” is spelled out in white ribbon. “[British First Lady and WRA global patron] Sarah Brown gave this incredible dinner and she asked women what we were going to do,” von Furstenberg explained, “so I said I would make this T-shirt.” A portion of the proceeds from the shirt, as with any merchandise purchased before Mother’s Day in the store downstairs, will go toward the WRA. The designer addressed the crowd with a tribute to mothers the world over and, in particular, to her own mother, “a strong woman for whom fear was never an option.” Roll clip!

“It’s all very personal to me now,” said co-host Georgina Chapman (pictured, right, with von Furstenberg and Turlington Burns) of the cause after the snippet of No Woman, No Cry, “because I am pregnant. It’s something I think we take for granted, but we’re really lucky to have the health care we have.” Support was the theme of the evening. “I’ve spent two years making this movie,” Turlington Burns said, “and the White Ribbon ladies have been so supportive.” It premiered at Tribeca last week, but, explained the filmmaker, “It’s just the beginning of what I want to do. Now begins the outreach and the education.”

Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss

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